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Volume 28, Number 3-4, 1997
Page(s) 143 - 147
Apidologie 28 (1997) 143-147
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19970305

The occurrence of Varroa underwoodi (Acarina: Varroidae) in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia

D.L. Andersona, R.B. Hallidaya and G.W. Otisb

a  CSIRO Division of Entomology, GPO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
b  Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada N1G 2W1

Abstract - The findings reported here contribute to what is currently known about the geographical distribution, host range and reproduction of the ectoparasitic mite, Varroa underwoodi. Female V underwoodi and their nymphal offspring were collected from sealed drone cells in Apis cerana colonies in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Indonesian provinces of Java, Sulawesi and Irian Jaya, and the Indonesian islands of Biak and Yapen. Gravid female V underwoodi were also collected from newly capped drone cells in A nigrocincta colonies in Sulawesi. Adult female V underwoodi, showing no signs of reproduction, were collected from capped worker cells in A mellifera colonies in PNG. On the basis of morphological structures, the adult female V underwoodi specimens from PNG and Indonesia were indistinguishable from V underwoodi specimens described from other localities.

Key words: Apis mellifera / Apis cerana / Apis nigrocincta / Varroa underwoodi / geographical distribution